U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is set to visit several European countries
next week, including the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland and Hungary,
Reuters agency reported on Thursday.
According to Reuters, the Trump administration is seeking to offer the Eastern European countries alternatives to buying coal and gas from Russia.
Mr Perry is scheduled to meet with government officials on topics from nuclear energy to cyber security and coal and liquefied natural gas exports, says the press release by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has confirmed that the government may put off a decision on how to fund new nuclear reactors for the power utility ČEZ by extending the lifespan of the Dukovany power plant by ten years. The news has brought a cautious response from ČEZ and criticism from the opposition benches.
A number of companies are in the running for lucrative contracts to build new nuclear units in the Czech Republic. Now the head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety says that a South Korean firm looks best placed to get the job. Dana Drábová says KHNP currently has the best references in regards to finishing construction on time and on budget.
EU lawmakers have hammered out a deal to cut vehicle emissions 35 percent by 2030 in a bid to fight climate change and pollution. The Czech Republic, whose auto industry is the main economic driver, was among those pushing for a far smaller cut, arguing stringent CO2 targets will lead to structural problems across the EU.
The Australian-based mining company European Metals Holdings is continuing with preparations for lithium mining in the Czech Republic, despite the fact that the Czech government does not consider the memorandum on the extraction and processing of lithium, signed with EMH last year, legally binding and wants a Czech state-run company to mine and process the deposits. The company Geomet, which is part of EMH, has begun preparations for a series of drills near Cínovec in order to ascertain the economic viability of the project.
Just before the start of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Czech automobile manufacturer Škoda revealed its new SUV model - Škoda Kodiaq RS. Speaking at the preview event in France, Škoda CEO, Bernhard Maier, further stated that the car maker has already produced over a million cars in 2018, setting a new production record.
The black coal mining company OKD, which underwent reorganization following
insolvency procedures in 2016, is making a profit and could keep its
Karviná mine in operation until 2030, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
following talks with the company’s management on Thursday.
The reorganization plan envisaged a gradual phase-out of mining in the region by 2023, but the prime minister said the company was in good shape and making a healthy profit and could continue to operate until 2030.
A final decision is to be made by the end of the year.
Opravárna is a new Czech app, which matches handymen to repair requests sent from across the country. The app has been quick to catch on and currently has nearly a thousand handymen registered. Yet Opravárna is not just a savvy business idea, but one of the ways in which the Czech Republic can contribute to the EU’s plan for achieving a more circular economy.
The management of the Temelin nuclear power plant on Monday reported a
human error in servicing when lightly radioactive water was released into
the wrong reservoir. The water remained in a closed circuit and the
incident did not endanger safety or affect power production, Temelin said
in a statement.
A report was sent to the State Institute for Nuclear Safety and, in line with a bilateral agreement, to the Austrian authorities in Melk.
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